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Comment Unbelievable Arrogance (Score 5, Insightful) 353

Julian Assange is not a U.S. citizen. He does not run WikiLeaks from the U.S. It takes an incredible, overweening arrogance for U.S. officials to assume that every goddamned person in the world, wherever they may be, is subject to Washington's dictates. Imagine if the tables were turned -- say, the Russian government seeking to extradite and arrest an American citizen for acts that violated some Russian law but which occurred thousands of miles outside of Russian borders.

Comment Re:Somebody doesn't understand what SW dev involve (Score 1) 352

Sure, but even the former requires considerable skill to do well. This attitude that software dev is some sort of low-skill trade that anyone can pick up in a few weeks is, I think, part of the reason why we have so many shitty, infuriatingly buggy corporate websites.

Comment Re:While its not my cup of tea (Score 5, Insightful) 656

The female equivalent of Larry Garfield's particular sexual interests would be a woman who was a dominatrix. Would you be calling it "tolerating intolerance" to allow a dominatrix to be a Drupal contributor? Would you insist that if a female contributor were found to be a dominatrix, she must be forced out of the project? Would you justify it by telling her, "Sorry for not tolerating misandry"?

Comment The media get it wrong AGAIN (Score 2) 126

"Detractors worry about a future where humans are enslaved to an evil race of robot overlords."

This is why so many distrust the media -- they consistently misrepresent (that is, lie about) the positions of people who aren't what the media consider mainstream. No, the people warning of AI risk are NOT worried that we will be enslaved to malicious robot overlords. They instead worry that superintelligent AIs will be very, very good at carrying out the objectives we give them -- and we'll be horrified at the solutions they find. It's like asking a genie for a million dollars, so it arranges for your child to die a horrible death in an industrial accident that leads to you receiving a million dollars in the wrongful-death lawsuit.

Comment Unbelievable arrogance (Score 1) 305

Am I the only one getting tired of the unbelievable arrogance of companies like Tesla who want to tell you what you can do with your own property?

Or perhaps Tesla's position is that they are only licensing you to use the car. In that case, they need to be honest and call it a rental or a lease; claiming that they're selling you a car is just fraudulent.

Comment I want to borrow the court's microscope... (Score 0) 438

...because, no matter how closely I scrutinize the text of the First Amendment, I can't find this "national security" exclusion they're talking about.

Not to mention that their excuse for overriding the First Amendment is ludicrous. I don't believe that they actually believe that publication of 3D printer gun files actually puts the security of the nation at risk; they're just grasping at straws to support a predetermined conclusion.

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